Monday, September 26, 2016

Float Cabin Construction

Our float cabin home was built by our good friend John back in 1997. That was before the moratorium on the number of cabins on Powell Lake. That happened in 1999. It was also before BC water leases which came in 2002. Back in '97, you could put your cabin anywhere you liked, and move it liked.

Our friend James compiled a YouTube video of photos from those early years. We're known as Cabin #3, the third float cabin that John built. It's also in its third location, first Chippewa Bay (too rough), Goat Island (too exposed), and finally Hole int he Wall (just right).



John built our float by stitching 40' cedar logs together with steel cable and railroad spikes. That takes sewing to a new height. The deck came next and then the cabin on top.

James also created a YouTube video showing this process step by step.



Thanks James for both of these great videos. --  Margy

17 comments:

  1. Very neat, what a neat way of life. I would love to live in a place like that.

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    1. I often wonder what my like would have been like if we didn't discover Powell River and our float cabin. - Margy

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  2. Interest video.

    What a neat way to live.
    MB

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    1. A special thanks goes out to my friend who put all of these together to share. - Margy

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  3. Very interesting, Haven't seen such a construction before. Thank you for linking up with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. There are floating cabins and homes throughout the world, but here construction uses natural resources including the cedar logs for the foundation. - Margy

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  4. Do you have a toilet on board or are you climbing those stairs several times a day? Will you make it to garden club tonight?

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    1. We added a small bathroom with a composting toilet in 2010. The outhouse up the hill is now a garden shed for my potato patch up on the cliff. Yes, I'll be at the garden club. I will be staying in town tonight for it. Looking forward to meeting my fellow gardeners. - Margy

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  5. What a captivating, interesting post you're sharing with us today, dearest Margy !

    Hope your week is off to a good start,
    I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you,
    with utmost gratitude

    Xx Daniela

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  6. Margy,
    What a great post, so interesting!
    - Nancy

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  7. Must have been some days...

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  8. This is so cool! Ir must feel great to stay in a place built by a friend. I need my husband to learn some carpentry skills. I would like him to built a teardrop trailer.

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    1. Building a trailer sounds pretty complicated. Wayne isn't very handy, but we are lucky to have John to work for us. - Margy

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  9. It's an amazing way to live! I so admire you both.

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  10. I so envy your way of life Margy, it really must be fun, do you fish from the lake for your supply of fish, and if so, what sort of fish can you expect to catch. I once caught a trout from a lake, my cousin gutted it for me and we had a barbie, so delicious,
    best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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    1. We do fish, but aren't very good about catching them. We have rainbow trout in the lake. Like you, we've had a friend catch and clean some for us. That's the easy way to go. - Margy

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  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by this week and commenting. - Margy

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